Pelham - Windham News | April 27, 2012 - 3 Scouts Clean Up Griffin Park for Earth Day
PHS Student Hacked Into School Computer
by Diane Chubb A little over two weeks ago, a student from Pelham High School
On Sunday, April 15, Windham Cub Scout Pack 266 helped pick up the sports’ fields at Griffin Park: Connor, Alex Lamon, and Connor Robinson Earth Day clean-up hike
On Tursday, April 19, Windham Daisy Troop 13931 helped pick up the tennis, basketball, and skate areas at Griffin Park.
hacked into the school’s computer system. The school district confirmed that the student gained access to the system in order to change grades. School officials are investigating to see if the student acted alone, or with a group of students. They are not releasing details regarding the student, or the manner in which the system was hacked. The incident has forced the school administration to investigate the system further, and determine what kinds of measures should be taken to best protect the integrity of the computer system. The school contracts with Ultra Electronics AEP Networks, a security-systems company, to block third parties from electronically accessing the district’s records. Clever students have gained access to the system in the past.
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However, other than hacking in for the challenge of it, no records were actually changed. This time was different. Gaining access to a locked computer system has become easier in recent years. Students are more comfortable with sophisticated computer systems and encryption. The school entrusts a security-systems company called Ultra Electronics AEP Networks to block third parties from electronically accessing the district’s records.
In the meantime, the student responsible for the most recent incident has been caught. The identity, and fate, remain confidential. Pelham School District Business Administrator Adam Steel stated,
“We believe that this person has learned from their mistake, and this will be something that they can grow from.” “The board was satisfied with the speed and the thoroughness of the administration’s response,” added School Board Chair Brian Carton.
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Claire McCarthy, a Pelham resident since 1965, is served desserts by Marie Mizerek, known throughout the Congregation for her “coffee served with love” after Sunday service
Congregation members who helped cook and serve the chop suey free community supper (L to R): Terry Shamma, Joseph Calabro and Debbie Calabro
by Marc Ayotte On Friday evening, April 20, Pelham’s First Congregational
Church’s (FCC) Mission Committee sponsored another free supper. The “Community Pasta Dinner” of which it has become known, is a meal that is provided “free to the entire community” says Alma Healey. As a member of the women’s fellowship, Healey noted that the non- denominational event has been “increasing in popularity,” noting that “this June will be the second anniversary of providing the free supper.” With a little added zest to the normal spaghetti menu, this time around the Mission Committee and the numerous volunteers that assisted in serving the meal and drinks, served American chop suey to upwards of 100 community
members. All ingredients for the supper as well as a fantastic array of deserts are donated by the FCC congregation members. With respect to the numerous townspeople who continue to
enjoy the generosity of the FCC members, Debi Calabro, who’s a member of the Mission Committee expressed her pleasure with the turnout; “every time we have it, we see new faces. It’s great to involve the entire community.” Calabro and Terry Shamma, who although is not an FCC member, comes by just to help out for these events; with both ladies being head cooks for the supper. The community-based event is held on the third Friday of every third month with dinner being served either in the fellowship hall or on the grounds adjacent to the church. The next scheduled dinner will be on Friday, July 20.
Cutter Woods, Frederic Merriam Conservation Area Improvements Nearing Completion
submitted by Christine McCarron Through the hard
work of many volunteers Cutter Woods and Frederic Merriam Conservation Areas have seen dramatic improvements over the past year. The abutting conservation areas total 175 acres and are accessible from a trailhead parking area on Sherburne Road. New trails have been created, a trail map recently published, improvements made to the entrance road and parking area, and a new informational kiosk has been erected. The trails offer a variety of experiences for the nature lover and all of us. Scenic trails such as Pond View Trail bring you past one of the largest beaver lodges around, while the Phoebe Loop trail offers a view of Phoebe Rock, and nice views of the Beaver Pond dotted with beaver lodges. The new Boulder Loop Trail winds through a variety of large glacially deposited boulders. Making it easier to traverse the park are three bridges taking you by beaver dams. The eastern end of the park with its large fields is a great place for birdwatchers to observe hawks and local songbirds. These conservation areas are designed to be a four-season park for everyone’s enjoyment.
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